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Top Down Modeling Patterns

Question asked by Sean Burrowes on Oct 28, 2011
Latest reply on Oct 29, 2011 by Glenn Schroeder

Hi everyone I am trying to create a top down model of a metal frame which we use in our product. The frame consists of a number of C-Channels, Angles and Flatbars. At the moment I have a good bottom down model but the problem is dealing with all of the design tables for each of the parts and sub-assemblies.

 

I am just starting out and decided to see if I could model the C-Channel first. The main problem I am having is with figuring out a way to model the bolt holes in the Channel. I first tried using linear sketch pattern, which will actually work but since it records the spacing and the number of holes. However, I find that linear sketch pattern entities are still floating. You don't seem to be able to lock it down unless you add a relation later which wont work if the number of copied entities is being changed in the design table.

 

What is the perferred method for translating your patterning from an assembly layout sketch to a part?

 

Thanks for your help

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